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March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 23, 2015

The Denver employee, with the backing of his pastor, has written a blistering open letter blasting the company for supporting an LGBT History Month initiative

An employee at Home Depot’s North Lakewood store in Denver was so disgusted and angered by a notice on a staff noticeboard advertising an LGBT History Month in June that he has written an open letter to his employer challenging it on its stance towards diversity and inclusion.

In the letter, Timothy Noffsinger says that LGBT people ‘practice and promote’ sexual behaviors that are ‘morally evil and self-destructive sexual deviations.’

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

March 21, 2015

Calling for a calm and respectful discussion, he said the language used in the correspondence he had received from those who oppose gay marriage was 'obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people'

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has called for a calm and respectful discussion before an upcoming referendum vote on same-sex marriage in May.

In an address on Thursday night, Dr Martin said he had received correspondence from people who supported a 'No' vote and hit out at those who had used language that was 'not just intemperate but obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people.'

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 20, 2015

So adorable. Bonus points for the awesome Frozen dress

An adorable five-year-old has schooled the world on same-sex marriage, saying 'love is love!'

Ruby Gorry, from Ireland, twirls in her Frozen dress as she explains that she wants same-sex couples to get married.

It was released prior to the the gay marriage referendum in Ireland on 22 May.

'Two boys can get married, two girls can get married: love is love,' she says, thinking of a message to put on a placard.

'Love is love, and perfect makes perfect!'

March 19, 2015

'When my rigid, churchy friends say something bad about gay people, I tell them what I think'

A grandma of eight, 74, has written a song to call for an end of shaming LGBTI people who want to feel comfortable with their partners in public.

Sherri Gray, from Nashville, Tennessee, took to a piano and poured her heart out. She was inspired by going to a church service for LGBTI people and realising that this place, apart from bars, was one of the only places they could feel safe to hold their partner's hand in public.

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Equality is Out Business’ program was launched in the state this week

Following its arrival earlier this month in Nebraska and Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) ‘Equality is Our Business’ program was launched in Alabama this week.

Within the US, Alabama has a comparatively poor record in relation to LGBT rights.

It does not have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, and has no specific hate crime laws relating to gay or transgender people.

March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 17, 2015

From I Dreamed A Dream to Don't Stop Believin', take a look back of some of the best songs

Glee is ending. Did you stick by it or do you feel like that sentence should have been written years ago?

Love it or loathe it, the show choir musical dramady was a phenomenon. A show that put LGBTI characters in the spotlight and allowed them to shine.

Even in its most uneven moments, there were still covers of songs that sounded almost better than the originals and were a big part of why people loved the show.

March 14, 2015

Lawmaker may have violated rules by not disclosing photographer and videographer Jonathon Link was on trip

It used to be that Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, was in the news far more his impressive physique than any legislation he championed.

But in recent weeks, the former Men's Health cover man has been embroiled in a string of controversy involving his spending on such things as private jets and interior decorating.

The latest headache involves an official trip to India last summer accompanied by a photographer and videographer named Jonathon Link (pictured below) whose travel expenses were covered by The Global Poverty Project.

March 13, 2015

Lebanese father living in Berlin beat his 'pansy' son with cables and threatened to 'ram a knife' into his throat

When 15-year-old Nasser El-Ahmed came out as gay to his parents, he never expected how his father would respond.

The teen's father beat him, poured boiling water over him and threatened to ram a knife into his throat.

The uncle of the Lebanese teen born in Berlin also doused him in petrol and threatened to set him on fire.

He called the teen several homophobic slurs, including 'pansy', and would beat him with cables.

Speaking to Bild newspaper, the now 18-year-old El-Ahmed said he 'paralyzed' with fear after coming out.

March 13, 2015

Outdated language banning same-sex parents from adopting in Florida is set to be removed from law

Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives has supported a bill amendment removing a gay adoption ban from law, as part of wider changes to incentivise foster care in the state.

Same-sex parents in the state have been allowed to adopt since 2010 after an appeals court ruled Florida’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional – but the language of the law has remained the same.

March 13, 2015

They may have met on Craigslist

A teenager in New York state has been charged with second-degree murder after he confessed to stabbing and setting on a fire a gay man he may have met on Craigslist.

Kyle Box, 18, was arrested on Monday (9 March) and is being held without bail.

The victim, 62-year-old Randy Bent, was found dead Sunday night at his home in Watertown.

The high school student, from nearby Carthage, told police he went back with the victim, then stabbed him with a knife 'multiple times.'

March 12, 2015

The Austrian-born Eurovision icon shares her top tips on her glorious home city

Singer Conchita Wurst was the triumphant winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held last May in Copenhagen.

Here, she shares her personal Vienna tips, from her favourite place to eat to her favourite place to shop, ahead of this year's contest in the splendid city.

The Eurovision Song Contest will takes place at the Wiener Stadthalle indoor arena from the 19-23 May 2015.

March 12, 2015

BodyAware offers some more adventurous options for let their underwear do the talking.

Established in 1988 in the small English village of Trowbridge, BodyAware has found a niche in the highly competitive men's underwear market.

We caught up with founders Kristina and David Bonfield to find out why men's underwear is coming over all sexy.

How did you make the move into starting an underwear business?

March 12, 2015

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup

A transgender man has taken on the bathroom selfie campaign to protest against US laws that want him to use the women's toilets.

Michael Hughes, from Minnesota, was inspired by several trans women who posted pictures of themselves next to urinals.

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup.

He says: 'Do I look like I belong in a women's bathroom? Republicans are trying to get legislation passed that would put me there, based on my gender at birth.

March 12, 2015

Gossip reports went crazy after the 16-year-old told rapper Tyler The Creator on Twitter: 'I Think Im In Love With You'

Will Smith's rep is being forced to deny son Jaden is gay.

The Focus star's team responded to the questionable rumors after gossip columnists read too much into a tweet.

One site alone, Media Take Out, reported: 'IT HAPPENED!!! Will Smith’s Son Jaden Smith Comes OUT OF THE CLOSET… He Admitted On Twitter… That He’s GAY!!!'

What had actually happened was Smith sent a tweet directed at Tyler the Creator.

He said: 'I Think Im In Love With You, I Don’t Know I’m Still Figuring It Out But In The Meantime, Happy Birthday.'

March 12, 2015

Gay Star News teams up with Austrian Airlines for AMAZING giveaway

Gay Star News has teamed up with Austrian Airlines to give one lucky reader and a loved one the chance to go to Vienna for the Eurovision Song Contest.

You and a friend will attend the second Semi Final of the popular music event, now in its 60th year.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Vienna following Austrian-born Conchita Wurst's triumphant win in Copenhagen last year.

March 10, 2015

European city celebrates hosting music competition with touring multimedia show

The Vienna Tourist Board is to bring its touring multimedia installation to London in anticipation of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The specially-commissioned ViennaSphere artwork, which celebrates 60 years of Eurovision as well as 150 years of the Ringstrasse boulevard, will enjoy a three-day residency at London's Somerset House from 2-4 April.